How it Works

What does a NOAA weather buoy 3000 miles away in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean have to do with snow in Utah, Colorado & Wyoming? Good question! Since the dawn of time, humans have been trying to plan their powder days, a futile feat… until now. Is it magic? Is it science? Is it dumb luck? The answer may be yes to all of the above, but more than anything, the Powderbuoy is all about a positive vibration and energy that connects soul riders around the world.

““Yeahbuuuuooooyyyyyy””

- William Jonathan Drayton Jr.

It All Starts With the Buoy

Deep in the North Pacific, a lonely NOAA buoy floats, diligently collecting all sorts of weather data. No friends on a powder day? This lonely buoy may think its only friends are the passing birds who may stop by for a few; little does the buoy know how much happiness and joy it brings to people around the world on powder days.

Weather Prediction

Tracking buoys is nothing new; surfers have followed buoys since Gary Busey was dropping in on Big Wednesday to find out when swells are going to hit specific breaks. The Powderbuoy uses these same NOAA buoys in Hawaii and tracks the same energy that surfers ride in waves in Hawaii to forecast snow that we ride in our mountains. When the buoy pops, two weeks later you’re going to want to clear your calendar.

Plan Your Powder Flu

Don’t let those sick days go to waste, plan your flu and go get you some! That TPS report can wait for another day, you’ve got powder to ski. Yeahbuoy!

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From Instagram

Well played, nice women are smarter opener in wrigley.

Well played, nice women are smarter opener in wrigley. ...

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A little volunteering at the Utah food bank for a Friday afternoon. last year they delivered 54 million meals within the state of Utah. They always welcome donations from the public and they are always looking for volunteers to help them sort & box food, is surprisingly fun and a nice way to throw a little positivity into the world 🌎 #yeahbuoy

A little volunteering at the Utah food bank for a Friday afternoon. last year they delivered 54 million meals within the state of Utah. They always welcome donations from the public and they are always looking for volunteers to help them sort & box food, is surprisingly fun and a nice way to throw a little positivity into the world 🌎 #yeahbuoy ...

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Who’s in Chicago and needs a miracle for tomorrow & Saturday? I have 3 tix for tomorrow and 4 for Saturday. Hit me up! ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

Who’s in Chicago and needs a miracle for tomorrow & Saturday? I have 3 tix for tomorrow and 4 for Saturday. Hit me up! ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ ...

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Nice day out in the hills w my grom @ruzek_becker. Happy Father’s Day to all out there. Time for a @parkcitybrewing powderbuoy Pilsner #theotherseason #yeahbuoy

Nice day out in the hills w my grom @ruzek_becker. Happy Father’s Day to all out there. Time for a @parkcitybrewing powderbuoy Pilsner #theotherseason #yeahbuoy ...

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I have 4 tix for both nights at wrigley field next week that I sadly can’t use. Seats are section 132 row 2 for first night ($150 each) and 228 row 4 ($120 each) for second night. Selling below face & no ticket charges. shoot me a message if you’re interested. They sound 🔥 this summer, these are sure to be awesome shows. ⚡️ 💀 🌹

I have 4 tix for both nights at wrigley field next week that I sadly can’t use. Seats are section 132 row 2 for first night ($150 each) and 228 row 4 ($120 each) for second night. Selling below face & no ticket charges. shoot me a message if you’re interested. They sound 🔥 this summer, these are sure to be awesome shows. ⚡️ 💀 🌹 ...

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Banger of a way to start #theotherseason concert season. The boys were 🔥 last night, especially second set. Althea>scarlet>china cat>rider>fire and a werewolf encore. #yeahbuoy

Banger of a way to start #theotherseason concert season. The boys were 🔥 last night, especially second set. Althea>scarlet>china cat>rider>fire and a werewolf encore. #yeahbuoy ...

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Clearly the GSL is on a lot of people’s minds, rightly so. The Great Salt Lake Advisory Board put together some ideas about how to increase water flow into the lake. Link is in bio if you’re interested #yeahbuoy

Clearly the GSL is on a lot of people’s minds, rightly so. The Great Salt Lake Advisory Board put together some ideas about how to increase water flow into the lake. Link is in bio if you’re interested #yeahbuoy ...

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Kind of about how my last post felt. Thanks to all that shared insight, I don’t think the GSL issues are going away by themselves, find a way to get involved if it is something that matters to you. ✌️ #yeahbuoy

Kind of about how my last post felt. Thanks to all that shared insight, I don’t think the GSL issues are going away by themselves, find a way to get involved if it is something that matters to you. ✌️ #yeahbuoy ...

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750 miles of pipeline, 75 private contractors, 10 miles of pipe each, supposedly can be built in under a year. Employ contractors who were working on oil & gas pipelines. Can also include desalination capabilities for other water as well. The plan also has an option for another 2500 sq mile lake, about the same size as GSL (seems cocky) south of wendover for cooling & recreation. Not a bad idea given all the toxic sediment ready to blow across the entire salt lake valley as the GSL keeps drying out. Thoughts?

750 miles of pipeline, 75 private contractors, 10 miles of pipe each, supposedly can be built in under a year. Employ contractors who were working on oil & gas pipelines. Can also include desalination capabilities for other water as well. The plan also has an option for another 2500 sq mile lake, about the same size as GSL (seems cocky) south of wendover for cooling & recreation. Not a bad idea given all the toxic sediment ready to blow across the entire salt lake valley as the GSL keeps drying out. Thoughts? ...

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Happy 12th birthday to this snowlab.  Don’t let the Eeyore look fool you, she’s had a great day. 🦴 🍦 🎉 #snowlabreport #yeahbuoy

Happy 12th birthday to this snowlab. Don’t let the Eeyore look fool you, she’s had a great day. 🦴 🍦 🎉 #snowlabreport #yeahbuoy ...

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Mountain biking season is ramping up and trails are money.  Winter: “hold my beer…”

Mountain biking season is ramping up and trails are money. Winter: “hold my beer…” ...

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Water may have been running high on Friday but always great to get to spend some quality time with my daughter. She was casting like a champ on her first day fly fishing. Thank you @spinner_fall for a beautiful day #theorherseason #yeahbuoy #powderbuoypilsner

Water may have been running high on Friday but always great to get to spend some quality time with my daughter. She was casting like a champ on her first day fly fishing. Thank you @spinner_fall for a beautiful day #theorherseason #yeahbuoy #powderbuoypilsner ...

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🤔 buoy never sleeps, may 17/18 on the clock, not to mention the storm coming in on the 8th. I guess better late than never. I’m in #theotherseason mode. Looking forward to a day with @spinner_fall on the green with my daughter and some friends tomorrow. #yeahbuoy

🤔 buoy never sleeps, may 17/18 on the clock, not to mention the storm coming in on the 8th. I guess better late than never. I’m in #theotherseason mode. Looking forward to a day with @spinner_fall on the green with my daughter and some friends tomorrow. #yeahbuoy ...

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Well, that’s a wrap, time for a beer, and one hell of a way to finish. When I go on hikes with my kids I always tell them we should go around the next corner because you never know what magic can be there. This season was kind of like that, just had to go around lots and lots of corners to get to that magic. La Niña definitely had her way with things to the benefit of Alaska but detriment to just about everyone else. Ready for El Niño to make a comeback. Oh, there is another shot at some snow on the 7th. Off to #theotherseason

Well, that’s a wrap, time for a beer, and one hell of a way to finish. When I go on hikes with my kids I always tell them we should go around the next corner because you never know what magic can be there. This season was kind of like that, just had to go around lots and lots of corners to get to that magic. La Niña definitely had her way with things to the benefit of Alaska but detriment to just about everyone else. Ready for El Niño to make a comeback. Oh, there is another shot at some snow on the 7th. Off to #theotherseason ...

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